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Dave Koz Ultimate Christmas– December 7 at Andiamo Showroom.
Morrissey– December 7, 2016 (wednesday) at Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Kenny Rogers – December 8 at Fox Theatre.
Kip Moore – December 8 at the Fillmore Detroit.
The Ragbirds - Ebird & Friends – December 8-10 at The Ark.
Paul Anka – December 15 at Fox Theatre.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 16 at Fox Theatre.
Snoop Dogg and more – December 20 at Van Andel Arena.
Snoop Dogg and more – December 21 at Masonic Temple Detroit.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 22 at Van Andel Arena.
The O'Jays– December 29 at Andiamo Showroom.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 30 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – February 2 at Joe Louis Arena.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – February 2 at Sound Board.
Eric Church – February 25 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Barenaked Ladies – March 3 at Sound Board.
Ariana Grande – March 12 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Green Day – March 27 at Joe Louis Arena.
Bon Jovi – March 29 at Joe Louis Arena.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic – May 25 at Sound Board.
Neil Diamond – June 2 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men – June 29 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Bruno Mars – August 12 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – September 8 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Music Festivals, Music Events in Michigan 2016

January 6-7, 2017 (fri-sat)  Anti-Freeze Blues Festival at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. annual event, part of proceeds benefits the Detroit Blues Society.  www.themagicbag.com

January 8, 2017 (sun)  Detroit Underground Hip Hop Awards 2017 (UHHA 17)  www.undergroundhiphopawards.com   facebook

TBA 2017 (fri-sat)  Secret Friends Fest 3 music festival at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. annual event, about 18 bands.  facebook

January 14, 2017 (sat)  Jill Jack Birthday Bash at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. annual event.  theark.org    www.jilljack.com

January 19-21, 2017 (thu-sat)  Annual Michigan Music Conference (MMC) in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). Conference provides an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators and to serve as a coordinating body for collaborative, inter-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan.  www.michiganmusicconference.org

January 27-28, 2017 (fri-sat)   Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. The Ark's largest annual fundraising event features traditional and contemporary artists, popular and new talent.  theark.org

TBA 2017  Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). annual festival averages about 60 concerts over nine days at over 20 venues throughout downtown Ferndale. proceeds go to local charities.  www.ferndalebluesfestival.org

February 9-12, 2017 (thu-sun)  Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert in Detroit. annual event for Black and Latino classical string players.  www.sphinxmusic.org

February 3-4, 2017 (fri-sat)  Cooper's Glen Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) at The Radisson Plaza Hotel.  www.greatlakesacoustic.org  – annual event presented by GLAMA (Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association) features grassroots and acoustic performers, plus workshops and family activities.

February 11, 2017 (sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features lots of musicians, breweries and craft brew flavors, food vendors.  microbrewandmusic.com

TBA 2017 (thu-sat)  Hear This! Fest – Michigan dates, three venues, in Lansing, Chesterfield, and Warren, MI. hard rock and punk.  hearthisfest.weebly.com   facebook

February 27, 2016 (sat)  Hip In Detroit - Anniversary Bash in Ferndale, MI. music and prizes. www.hipindetroit.com   facebook

March 2-5, 2017 (thu-sun)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). approx 150 music acts perform at 16 venues, most within walking distance of each other. Annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time!  hamtramckmusicfestival.com   facebook

March 3-4, 2017 (fri-sat)  Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Annual free event invites visitors to meet instrument designers, attend workshops, and hear live performances.”  www.fretboardfestival.com   facebook

March 4, 2017 (sat)  William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition - Winds & Brass in Flint, MI. “Young artists compete for $8,500 plus a contract to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. each year features a different category.”  www.byrdartists.com

TBA 2017 (thu-sat)  Berserker III music fest at Masonic Temple, Detroit. three nights of underground extremity on three stages, over 40 bands, all ages event.  berserkerdetroit.com   facebook

TBA 2017 (fri-sat)  WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI. Annual event to raise money to ship computers, medical supplies, clothing, etc. to Cameroon, Africa.  facebook   facebook 2

March 19, 2016 (sat)  10th Annual Motor City Blues Festival at Fox Theatre, Detroit.  www.olympiaentertainment.com/...blues-festival

March 24, 2017 (fri)  The Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Concert at Sound Board in MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit. Annual event raises funds to support medical and related services for children. 2017 features Mark Farner, Suzi Quatro, Kip Winger, and 20 more rock legends.  dickwagnerrememberthechild.org   facebook

April 2, 2016 (sat)  Monroe Street Fair & Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, MI. annual event.  www.monroestreetfair.com   facebook

April 16, 2016 (sat)  Jake's Music Festival annual benefit concert in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan), held at the Wealthy Theatre. Annual benefit concert for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Show is Free, Donations to JDRF will be accepted, plus there is a silent auction.  www.jakesmusicfestival.com

April 15, 2017 (sat)  Record Store Day 2017 – annual celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. 3rd Saturday every April.  www.recordstoreday.com   Michigan Record Stores

April 20, 2016 (wed)  Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration in Bay City (East/Mid Michigan). annual, honors Great Lakes Bay musicians in over 70 categories of music and genres, as selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine.  review-mag.com   facebook

April 21, 2017 (fri)  Detroit Music Awards in Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit. public event, VIP RSVP's available. It's a big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! Features award presentations and live performances.  www.detroitmusicawards.net   facebook

April 28-30, 2016 (thu-sat)  North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI.  www.naibc.org

TBA 2016 (sat)  Foxfest at the The Tangent Gallery in Detroit. Music and Art Festival that features rock and acoustic women musicians and benefits local women's shelters. It is open to both women and men to attend and perform.  facebook

April 22-23, 2016 (fri-sat)  Bringin' Back the 80's Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (north of Flint). annual event, all ages, proceeds go to cancer-related causes.  www.80sfest.org   facebook

April 29 – May 14, 2016  Gilmore Keyboard Festival in west Michigan. held every other year. “two weeks of astonishing keyboard performances across West Michigan, a festival that celebrates the joy and power of music in concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film.”  www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org

May 21, 2016 (sat)  Annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass: A Taste of Michigan in St. Joseph, MI. Jonny Lang headlines music lineup. Noon to 9 pm, bring your lawn chairs, BBQ & craft beers served.  www.stjoetoday.com/...details/4th-annual...

May 27-29, 2016 (fri-sun)  Traditional Arts Weekend in Remus, MI, on the Wheatland Music Festival grounds. Annual, over 80 workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal and instrument instruction, plus evening performances and dances.  www.wheatlandmusic.org/traditional-arts-weekend

May 27, 2017 (sat)  Bled Fest in Howell, MI. Annual event showcases a diverse range of musical talent in many genres.  bledfest.com

May 27-29, 2017 (sat-mon)  Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event, international and local electronic and EDM (electronic dance music) on multiple stages.  movement.us   facebook

Metro Times Blowout – future unknown for this former annual music fest in Metro Detroit, 18th was in 2015.   mtblowout.com   facebook   twitter

June 2-4, 2016 (thu-sat)  Jackson BluesFest at the Jackson County Airport in Jackson, MI. annual event.  jacksonbluesfest.com   facebook

June 2-5, 2016 (thu-sun)  Michigan Classic – annual swing dance competitions and social dancing in Dearborn, MI.  www.michiganclassic.com

June 9-11, 2016 (thu-sat)  Fuzz Fest III – at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. 3 nights, 2 stages, 30+ bands, a celebration of Michigan Rock 'N' Roll.  facebook

June 9-12, 2016 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Bavarian style music, food and beer. Also enjoy a Bavarian Parade, midway with rides and games, more.”  bavarianfestival.org

June 10-12, 2016 (fri-sun)  Noreast'r Music & Art Festival in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). annual, has eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, parkin’ lot pickin'. 3 stages, continuous music morning to night. “National, regional, and Michigan acts, blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, and a little rock”  noreastr.net   facebook

June 10-12, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at Flat Rock Summer Blast at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).  flatrockriverfest.com   facebook

June 11-26, 2016  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – two weeks and a new theme each June, a contingent of the world’s finest chamber musicians perform in Metro Detroit.  www.greatlakeschambermusic.com   facebook

June 16-18, 2016 (thu-sat)  Kalamazoo Island Fest at Mayor's Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). annual, Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.”  islandfestkzoo.com + facebook

June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun)  Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) at Greenmead in Livonia, MI, corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish food and more.  motorcityirishfest.com   facebook

June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). annual, 3 stages of live entertainment, local bands and artists, plus Strawberry Idol singing competition.  www.nationalstrawberryfest.com

June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun)  Backpack Music Festival on Belle Isle, Detroit. annual fundraiser for Detroit area children in need of school supplies.  www.backpackmusicfestival.net

June 18, 2016 (sat)  Alpena Blues Festival in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). annual, held at the Alpena County Fairgrounds. “Keeping the Blues Alive and Helping Stamp Out Hunger with The Blues”  www.alpenablues.org   facebook

June 18, 2016 (sat)  Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). 38th Annual in 2015.  www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html

June 22-25, 2017 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.  www.electricforestfestival.com   facebook

June 23-26, 2016 (thu-sun)  St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). Enjoy Polish Music (live bands) at Michigan's largest Polish Festivalwww.ststansacpolishfest.com   facebook

June 24-25, 2016 (fri-sat)  JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). Band Scramble, Workshops, 50/50 Drawings, guitar raffle, plenty of jamming, camping available.  www.wmbma.org

June 29 - July 2, 2017 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest (2nd weekend) outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.  www.electricforestfestival.com   facebook

June 30 - July 3, 2016 (thu-sun)  Stars and Stripes Festival in Sterling Heights, MI, at Freedom Hill. Free admission, music performances by national and local bands on multiple stages. Plus there's art, fireworks and more.  funfestevents.net/stars-stripes-festival   facebook

June 30 - July 3, 2016 (thu-sun)  Cedar Polka Fest in Cedar, MI (northwest Michigan). annual four-day party with food, drink, polka music and dancing.  www.cedarpolkafest.com   facebook

July 1-2, 2016 (fri-sat)  Muskegon Rockstock in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan) at Heritage Landing. Annual huge party complete with live music, food and drinks.  www.muskegonrockstock.com   facebook

July 1-3, 2016 (fri-sat)  Corktown Strut festival in Corktown Detroit. Music arts food, more than 60 music performers in about 16 venues, food from neighborhood restaurants.  www.corktownstrut.com   facebook   twitter

July 2-9, 2016 (sat-sat)  Music at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula), features performances by nationally known headliners.  www.cherryfestival.org

July 5-10, 2016 (tue-sun)  Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features national musical performers on two main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats including Country, Classic Rock, New Rock and R&B. A variety of local, regional and other national performers on other stages provide non-stop music throughout the Festival.  www.commongroundfest.com

July 6-9, 2016 (wed-sat)  Music at River Raisin Festival in Blissfield, MI. annual.   www.blissfield.net

July 7-10, 2016 (thu-sun)  Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit), at Civic Center Park. Annual, features Free concerts all weekend, plus Carnival rides and games, Firework Display, much more.  funfestevents.net/uncle-sam-jam   facebook

July 7-9, 2016 (thu-sat)  Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). annual, held at the Arcadia Festival Site. approx 20+ acts, national and regional talent.  kvba.org/festival   facebook

July 8-9, 2016 (fri-sat)  Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti. annual, one of the largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America.  www.mielvisfest.org   facebook

July 8-10, 2016 (fri-sun)  American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Festival draws thousands of people from Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, outdoor craft show, Polish/American Cuisine, Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Challenge, more.  www.americanpolishfestival.com

July 8-10, 2016 (fri-sun)  Blissfest in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk and roots music, world music, and dance. All ages event also has a juried arts and crafts show.  www.blissfest.org

July 14-17, 2016 (thu-sun)  Concert of Colors annual Diversity Festival in Midtown Detroit. Free Admission, 2016 features Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue plus a showcase of Detroit's 50 Greatest Songs.  www.concertofcolors.com   arabamericanmuseum.org

July 14-16, 2016 (thu-sat)  Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. annual, promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available.  www.beaverislandmusicfestival.com

July 15-16, 2016 (fri-sat)  Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art at various locations in Detroit.  crashdetroit.org

July 17, 2016 (sun)  Michigan Jazz Festival in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). annual event the 3rd Sunday in July features lots of great straight ahead jazz, no smooth or crossover stuff.  www.michiganjazzfestival.org   facebook

July 17-23, 2016 (sun-sat)  Marshall Bluegrass Festival in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. annual, Michigan's Largest Jamming Festival!, camp sites available.  marshallbluegrassfestival.com

July 21-23, 2017 (fri-sun)  Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. 2016 features Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Jason Aldean, Travis Tritt, Gary Allan, more.   fasterhorsesfestival.com   facebook

July 22-24, 2016 (fri-sun)  Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI (U.P.). annual, “features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk, including singer/songwriter, and dance.” Nationally known, regional and local performers.  hiawathamusic.org

July 22-24, 2016 (fri-sun)  Dunesville Music Festival in Lake Ann, MI (northwest Michigan). annual Dunesville Bluegrass, Folk and Roots Music Festival.  dunesvillemusicfestival.com   facebook

July 23-24, 2016 (sat-sun)  AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair, MI. “the largest on-the-water concert held on Lake St. Clair. Held off the shores of Belle Maer Harbor, event is accessible by water only.”  www.colonymarineaquapalooza.com   www.colonymarine.net

July 23-24, 2016 (sat-sun)  Mo Pop Festival at West Riverfront Park in Detroit. outdoor event, approx 24 bands, Biergarten, food trucks, craft bazaar, and Mo Tech (interesting technology).  mopopfestivaldetroit.com   facebook

TBA 2017  Traverse City Music Festival in Traverse City, MI.  facebook

TBA 2017  The Hustle Load Music Festival in Flint, MI.  facebook

July 27-29, 2017 (thur-sat)  Sounds & Sights Festival in Chelsea, MI. Annual event features live music, social tent, indie art market, classic car show, kidzone, more.  chelseafestivals.com/festival

July 28-30, 2016 (thu-sat)  Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). annual, has “Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, Kidzfest children’s activities and entertainment stage, a family midway, local restaurateurs, a main concert stage, evening concerts.”  www.sterling-heights.net   facebook

July 29-31, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). annual, Free Admission, combines Offshore Boat Racing with National Recording artists and draws over 100,000 visitors annually.  stclairriverfest.com

July 31, 2016 (sun)  99.5 WYCD Hoedown annual country music fest, 2016 moves to DTE Energy Music Theatre, now just one day, Brad Paisley headlines.  WYCD Hoedown   facebook

August 4-6, 2016 (thu-sat)  Milan Bluegrass Festival in Milan, MI (lower Southeast MI). Annual. camping available.  kccampgroundmilan.com/...   facebook

August 4-7, 2016 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). 2 stages, approx 30 bands, bluegrass country rock blues folk. annual.  www.woodtickfestival.com   facebook

August 5-6, 2016 (fri-sat)  Port Sanilac Blues Festival in Port Sanilac, MI.  www.portsanilac.net/festivals-and-events/port-sanilac-blues-festival   facebook

August 5-7, 2016 (fri-sat)  Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival in Brighton, MI.  www.brightoncoc.org/festivals-farmers-market

August 6, 2016 (sat)  Memphis Blues Festival Michigan in Memphis, MI (northeast of Detroit, a little southwest of Port Huron). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers.  facebook

August 6-7, 2016 (sat-sun)  Jazz on the River in Trenton, MI, south of Detroit at Elizabeth Park. annual event, Free Admission.  www.zonjic.com/jazzontheriver   facebook

August 7, 2016  Detroit Black Music Awards (DBMA 2016) in Detroit.  motownalumniassociation.webstarts.com/dbma_polls.html   facebook

August 10-13, 2016 (wed-sat)  Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, MI. Annual.  unitymusicfestival.com   facebook

August 11-14, 2016 (thu-sun)  River Raisin Jazz Festival in Monroe, MI (lower Southeast MI) at St. Mary's Park. annual, “one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals, more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year.”  www.riverraisinjazzfestival.org   facebook

August 11-13 & August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat)  Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends, 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands.  www.frankenmuth.org/festivals   facebook

August 11-14, 2016 (thu-sun)  Farmfest in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). Annual traditional music festival featuring traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. Bring your instruments if you like to jam.  www.farm-fest.com

August 12-13, 2016 (fri-sat)  Cowpie Music Festival at Shagbark Farm in Alaska, MI. annual, lots of bands and musicians, multiple music genres, plus campsites, vendors, 5K Run, more.  www.cowpiemusicfestival.com   facebook

August 12-21, 2016  Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb). annual 10 days festival celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett. Carnival, Parade of Tropical Fools, Caribbean Street Dance, Live Entertainment, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Beautiful Baby Contest, Lots of Cheeseburgers, more.  www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com   www.casevillechamber.net/   facebook

August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) in East Lansing, MI. annual, “a mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.”  www.greatlakesfolkfest.net

August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, live music entertainment, variety of events and activities, over 200,000 attendees.  www.milfordmemories.com

August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun)  Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). three days of music, food, crafts, and fun in Grand Marais. Annual event with Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Americana, Rockabilly, Jazz/Rock, Acoustic, more. on-site camping available.  grandmaraismichigan.com   facebook

August 13, 2016 (sat)  Dirt Fest in Downtown Pontiac, MI. annual music fest, multi-genres, lots of music performances.  dirtfest.com   facebook

TBA 2017 (sat-sun)  Music Fest 4 Vets music festival in Metro Detroit, Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Public, all ages, variety live entertainment. Annually, about 100 Musicians donate performances in support of Veterans!  MusicFest4Vets.org   twitter

August 18-21, 2016 (thu-sat)  Midwest Fest IX at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. annual, features hip hop, indie, electronic, more.  mwfest.com   facebook

August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat)  Square Dance Convention at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn in Detroit. annual.  www.squaredance-michigan.com/convention

August 19-21, 2016 (fri-sun)  Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, MI. annual, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent.  www.hoxeyville.com   facebook

August 20, 2016 (sat)  Mad Decent Block Party Detroit in Detroit. all ages, electronic and hip hop music.  www.maddecentblockparty.com   maddecent.com   facebook

August 20, 2016 (sat)  Roots Music Festival on Harsens Island in east Michigan.  facebook

August 21, 2016 (sun)  2016 Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert – in Dearborn, MI, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.  rhythmandblueshof.com    facebook

August 25-28, 2016 (thu-sun)  Midland Folk Music Festival in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) at the Midland County Fairgrounds. A gathering of traditional folk musicians from all levels of play, folk enthusiasts, traditional dancers. “Join in the fun as we play, laugh, learn, listen, camp, perform, dance, sing, teach, learn, buy, trade and sell! Lots of jamming and open stage opportunities.”  www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html

August 26-27, 2016 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI. annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors.  microbrewandmusic.com

August 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun)  Blues By The Bay in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan). annual three day blues festival. bluesbythebaytawas.org   facebook

August 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun)  Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.”  www.porkiesfestival.org   facebook

August 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun)  Sun Dried Music Festival in Mason, MI (near Lansing). annual, free Admission, showcases a variety of musical performances ranging from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country.  www.masondda.com/sundried   facebook

August 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). Free Admission, 4 stages, approx 24 bands. Also has Beer Garden, Casino Gambling, Children's Village, arts and crafts, food, more.  www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com   facebook

August 27, 2016 (sat)  Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI. Irish music and cultural festival.  www.greatlakesgathering.com

August 27, 2016 (sat)  FOXFEST Music & Art Festival at The Tangent Gallery/Hastings St. Ballroom in Detroit. Female-fronted Detroit rock bands and women artists, proceeds benefit local women's groups. info: 313-886-7860

August 27-28, 2016 (sat-sun)  Music at Hazel Park Art Fair in Hazel Park, MI. annual, Free Admission, approx 18 music artists, plus visual art/artisans.  www.hazelparkartfair.com

TBA  Mack and Third in Detroit. Kem's former event.  facebook   twitter

September 2-5, 2016 (fri-mon)  Arts, Beats & Eats (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). annual summer festival celebrating art, music, cuisine and humanity. More than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.”  www.artsbeatseats.com   facebook

September 2-5, 2016 (fri-mon)  Detroit Jazz Festival at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront. annual, Free Admission, several stages, features Jazz & crossover music.  www.detroitjazzfest.com   facebook

September 2-4, 2016 (fri-sun)  Marquette Area Blues Fest in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula).  – Annual Blues Festival includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party.  marquetteareabluessociety.org/

September 3, 2016 (sat)  Thumbfest in Lexington, MI (in Michigan's Thumb). annual, ree Admission, features a wide range of acoustic music with music stages throughout downtown Lexington. There are workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny. Bring your instrument, lawn chairs and singing voice.  www.bluewaterfolksociety.org   facebook

September 3-5, 2016 (sat-mon)  Music at Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck, MI. annual, live music on three stages. Event also has Carnival, beer, food tents, and Polish Day Parade.  hamtownfest.com   facebook

September 9-10, 2016 (fri-sat)  Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, Free Admission. “Each year, thousands of people experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!”  www.brightonsmokinjazz.com   facebook

September 9-11, 2016 (fri-sun)  Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). annual, 160-acre festival site, juried arts and crafts show, raffle, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long.  www.wheatlandmusic.org

September 10, 2016 (sat)  Music at Dally in the Alley in Detroit. annual, 4 stages featuring many styles of music, plus a local artists gallery.  dallyinthealley.com   facebook

September 15-18, 2016 (fri-sun)  Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon (West Michigan). annual, live music, 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more.  www.michiganirish.org   facebook

September 16-17, 2016 (fri-sat)  Michigan BluesFest 2016 (formerly Old Town BluesFest) in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts.  www.oldtownbluesfest.com   facebook

September 16-17, 2016 (fri-sat)  FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) in Lowell, MI (west Michigan) at the Kent County Fairgrounds. annual, Free Admission, band scramble, workshops, more. camping available.  www.wmbma.org

September 16-18, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at Flat Rock Riverfest at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).  flatrockriverfest.com   facebook

September 16-18, 2016 (fri-sun)  Music at DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI. annual, has music, art, food.  www.ferndalediy.com   facebook

September 23-24, 2016 (fri-sat)  Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions featuring German music, beers, food, more.  www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com

October 2, 2016 (sat)  Annual Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). Contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest.  huronapplefest.com/fiddlers-contest

October 8, 2016 (sat)  Annual WHFR Record Show at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. WHFR 89.3 FM record show features wide variety of vendors selling vinyl, cds, tapes, videos, movies, music memorabilia, more. Plus there will be door prizes, give-aways and more.  www.whfr.fm/recordshow

October 13-16, 2016 (thu-sun)  Mackinac Island Songwriterʼs Workshop on Mackinac Island, MI. MISW is an excursion into sharpening and adding to your skills not only as a songwriter, but also the marketing/promotion of your songs (including social media), recording, and basic musical arranging knowledge you’ll need to truly bring a song to fruition and to effectively find a home and/or audience for it.  www.mackinacislandsongwritersworkshop.org

October 19-22, 2016 (wed-sat)  Detroit BMI Singer Songwriter Series at Hockeytown Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit Institute of Music Education, Fox Theatre. Acoustic performances by Uncle Kracker, Hunter Hayes, LoCash, Joe Nichols, and more.  www.olympiaentertainment.com   detroit.cbslocal.com

October 21-22, 2016 (fri-sat)  Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual, indoors. Bands, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, BBQ, Line Dancing, more.  www.bigcountryfest.com

October 26-29, 2016 (wed-sat)  Edgefest 20th Annual in Ann Arbor, MI. annual Jazz and Creative Music festival takes place at several venues. Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies.  www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/...edgefest

October 30, 2016 (sun)  Detroit Blues Challenge Finals – at Callahan's in Auburn Hills, MI. Detroit Blues Society annual competition, winners representing Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN.  www.detroitbluessociety.org   2016 facebook   IBC info

TBA 2016  Fall Metal Fest at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). Annual, approx 20 bands, ages 18+. www.dieselconcerts.com

November 3-13, 2016   Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event presented by Springfed Arts, retreat is open to all songwriters, their friends and family. Write a song, inspirational talk/presentations, discussions on craft/creative process, open mic/song swaps, one on one sessions, food.  www.springfed.org

November 5, 2016 (sat)  Handgrenades Tunnels CD Release Party at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI, wsg Spit Spot.  F

November 12, 2016 (sat)  Dueling Tribute Concert: Bob Seger vs Bruce Springsteen at 59West in Highland, MI. Tributesville event features retired WCSX personality John O'Leary as master of ceremonies and the dueling tribute bands: Lookin' Back and The Boss Revue. Halftime show features impersonators of Stevie Nicks and Ronnie James Dio.  www.neptix.com   tributesville.com   facebook

November 12, 2016 (sat)  Echo Fest at Magic Stick in Detroit. psychedelic, experimental, and stoner rock.  facebook

November 15, 2016 (tue)  DMAF 2017 Kick-Off Networking Event at Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit. Detroit Music Awards Foundation annual kick-off party & networking event, and announcing date of the 2017 Awards.   facebook

November 27, 2016 (sun)  Thornetta Davis Honest Woman CD Release Celebration at Music Hall in Detroit. Detroit's Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis with special guests.  thornettadavis.com   musichall.org

December 3, 2016 (sat)  Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, performances by local music, theatre, and dance groups. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along.  midtowndetroitinc.org

December 3, 2016 (sat)  Rockin' For A Match Concert and Bone Marrow Drive at Patrick J's Irish Pub in Berkley, MI. Blood cancers awareness event features music performances.  www.rockinforamatch.org   facebook

December 4, 2016 (sun)  Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Rayz in Clinton Township, MI. annual event.  www.rock4tots.org   facebook  – About 24 bands/musicians, proceeds benefit The Clinton Township Goodfellows No Child Without A Christmas.

December 16, 2016 (fri)  Home for the Holidaze at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. Static's Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive annual event.  www.cadieuxcafe.com

December 25, 2016 (sunday)  ChristmasWe Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 31, 2016 (saturday night)  New Year's Eve Parties throughout all Michigan. Enjoy Great Music Entertainment!


Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concerts – Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza (back of GM Renaissance Center) in Downtown Detroit, a collaboration with WCSX.

Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual. Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a Free outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza on Thursdays at lunch time from June to August.

New Center Park Concerts and Music Nights – Detroit, MI – annual. June to September. Some events are free, some charge admission.

Chene Park Jazz Series – Detroit, MI – June 11 to August 13, 2014. Rain or shine, all patrons require a ticket.

Friday Night Concert Series – Northville, MI – All Concerts are Free. annual, end of May to end of August.

Music in the Park - Plymouth, MI – Annual. Wednesdays during summer in Kellogg Park.  facebook

Music in the Parks - Flint, MI – Annual. Four Free Concerts in July and August.

White Crow Conservatory of Music Concert Series - Saginaw, MI – It also has workshops, festivals and special events throughout the year.

Manitou Music Festival (MMF) Concert Series - Leelanau County – Annual in July and August, in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. various types of music.

Scarab Club Music Events - Detroit, MI – various throughout the year.  facebook

Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series – Lansing, MI – contra and square dances, all are taught, callers call out the moves to a live band.

Bach Festival of Kalamazoo Concert Series – in Kalamazoo (Southwest MI). Annual, in or near April.

MAMA's Coffee House Concert Series – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Winter/Spring and Fall series. It's a nonprofit organization and a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.

Music in the Park Summer Concert Series - Mackinac Island, MI – annual. June to August. Concerts are free, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council.

Find More Music Events in Michigan

Fusion Shows – in Michigan at venues from Detroit to Grand Rapids. Shows feature local and regional independent music artists, various genres.

Detroit Area Blues Events – throughout the year. one continually updated page of event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society (DBS). also see DBS Official Events.

Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge – annual, bands/musicians must be under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN.  details

Michigan Shows – list of Festivals and Music

Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.

Metro Times – List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.

Playing Here – Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com

Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.

U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.

Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...

Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).

Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.


Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).

Open Jam Nights Facebook Group – Metro Detroit and Michigan – “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”

Open Mic Nights – Michigan – listed on openmikes.org

Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).

Submissions for Music Events in Michigan

Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.

Music Fest 4 Vets Band Submissions – mainstream variety music. Bands donate a 45 minute showcase performance to support U.S. Veterans in need. No submission fee, annual summer event in Metro Detroit.

Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions start in February. annually has over 200 music performances on ten stages.

Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront Concert Series, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Opening Act slots at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. click → Band Submission Page at FunFest Productions Inc. – starting mid-February.

WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown Local Band Submission - country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair – Musical Act submissions usually start in September for the next year.

Hamtramck Music Festival – Michigan bands musicians only.

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